I. \\-rsiv, -rz-\ adjective
Etymology: Middle French abstersif, from Latin abstersus + Middle French -if -ive
II. noun (-s)

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  • Abstersive — Ab*ster sive, n. Something cleansing. [1913 Webster] The strong abstersive of some heroic magistrate. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abstersive — Ab*ster sive, a. [Cf. F. abstersif. See {Absterge}.] Cleansing; purging. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abstersive — 1. adjective Cleansing; purging. If he cannot digest a strong and abstersive drug, for to remove his evill, let him at least take a lenitive pill to ease the same. 2. noun Something cleansing …   Wiktionary

  • abstersive — abstersiveness, n. /ab sterr siv/, adj. abstergent. [1400 50; late ME ( < MF) < ML abstersivus, equiv. to L absters(us), ptp. of abstergere (see ABSTERGENT) + ivus IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • abstersive — ab·ster·sive …   English syllables

  • abstersif — ⇒ABSTERSIF, IVE, adj. et subst. MÉD. [En parlant d un remède] Propre à nettoyer : • 1. Chaulde est quelque peu, lenitive, Mondificative, abstersive... T. LESPLEIGNEY, Promptuaire des médecines simples, 1899, p. 64 (Publ. par P. Dorveaux). • 2.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Remedy — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Remedy >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 remedy remedy help redress Sgm: N 1 anthelmintic anthelmintic Sgm: N 1 antidote antidote antifebrile antipoison counterpoison antitoxin antispasmodic …   English dictionary for students

  • Abstersiveness — Ab*ster sive*ness, n. The quality of being abstersive. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abstersiveness — noun The quality of being abstersive …   Wiktionary

  • purgative — I. a. Cathartic, abstergent, abstersive, cleansing, purifying, evacuant, detersive, detergent. II. n. (Med.) Purge, physic, cathartic, scourer, purgative medicine …   New dictionary of synonyms

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